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By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has decided against explicitly restricting the extent to which barristers can offer hospitality to solicitors and clients. Instead, the board is recommending a “blush test” to offer guidance as to how far barristers can go. The guidelines recommend that barristers should not offer entertainment that either party would feel embarrassed […]

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DLA Piper is the latest firm to announce newly qualified (NQ) salary increases, with associates in Scotland receiving a whopping 90 per cent less than their City counterparts. London NQs are now on a salary of £63,000, a rise of 19 per cent on the £53,000 they received last year. In the firm’s Birmingham, Leeds, […]

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